*Last year, Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond was given a life sentence plus 20 years for a 2009 murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the death of G-Unit associate Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher. Now in a surprising twist in the case, the former hip-hop mogul’s conviction has been overturned.
A Second Circuit Appeals Court ruling issued Nov. 1 granted Rosemond a new trial, saying a Manhattan federal court judge erred when she limited the defense’s line of questioning of a witness, Brian McCleod.
McCleod testified at the 2014 trial that Rosemond, 51, never used the words “kill” or “murder” in connection with slain Bloods gang member Lowell Fletcher, per Page Six.
“Because the district courtʹs interpretation of the scope of the waiver provision was unduly narrow, its restrictions on Rosemondʹs ability to cross‐examine his witnesses and mount an effective defense violated the Sixth Amendment,” appeals judge Denny Chin wrote in his ruling.
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Rosemond’s next trial will be the third proceeding. The original trial, which took place in 2014, resulted in a hung jury. A jury would find Rosemond guilty of the charges later that year. He was convicted of ordering a hit on Fletcher for slapping his 14-year-old son in 2007.
“Today truth has come to defend me in my fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Rosemond told AllHipHop. “Truth has knocked out falsehood. My God is truth. I want to thank my attorneys Jonathan Edelstein, Michael Rayfield and Bruce Maffeo for being soldiers of the inevitable.”
Rosemond’s attorneys believe their client’s overturned conviction could help his life sentence for his alleged role in a $10 million-a-year cocaine operation be dismissed. Many of the witnesses in his murder-for-hire trial provided the same testimony in the drug trafficking case, notes XXL.
Rosemond was described in a 2012 The New York Times article as “a prince at the royal court, whose ties to rap music’s biggest stars were known far and wide.” He was behind Salt-n-Pepa’s “Shoop” and he was The Game’s manager during a feud with 50 Cent when The Game recorded the diss track “300 Bars and Runnin’.”